An interest in the magic, religion and spirituality of the ancient Egyptians continues to increase steadily as people begin to realise that it is possible to follow this ancient tradition in the 21st century. The Egyptian religion is the oldest recorded belief system in the world, having just entered its sixth millennium - and it still can still teach us how to live today in both earthly and cosmic harmony.
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The interest in the religion and spirituality of the Egyptians is increasing steadily as people begin to realise that it is possible to follow this ancient belief in the 21st century. This religion is the oldest recorded belief system in the world, having just entered its sixth millennia - and can still teach us how to live in both earthly and cosmic harmony. But first, we need to put things into some sort of perspective … The modern, abstract cover design instead of a traditional artwork immediately suggests that ‘The Atum-Re Revival : Ancient Egyptian Wisdom for the Modern World’ is going to offer a different approach to ancient Egypt. As one reader said: “A really well written, interesting and knowledgeable book; having quite an interest in the Egyptian Mystery Tradition, I found this to be an extremely solid and informative text. I have studied a little Egyptian magic, but this book is fascinating and goes much further than anything I have previously read.”
Unusually, the text examines ancient Egyptian belief from earlier times rather than the later, more familiar Greek influences. It also includes a genuine calendar that has been compiled from various Greek and Demotic Magical Papyri lodged in the British Museum, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Staarliche Museum in Berlin and the Rijksmuseum in Leiden; the Sallier Papyrus IV and The Cairo Calendar currently lodged in the British and Cairo Museums. The calendar lists the names of the deities whose anniversaries take place on every day of the year including special spells (prayers) that were devised for the protection on certain ‘unlucky’ days. Every day was considered to have some magical significance, which caused it to be “good, bad, or partly good and partly bad”. By consulting these lists of lucky and unlucky days, each individual could protect himself and his family against the danger of the day.
It is also interesting to see just how much ancient Egyptian customs and philosophy has influenced Western European culture and metaphysics right up to the 20th century. The author, Melusine Draco is Principal of the Temple of Khem, which teaching the modern Egyptian Mysteries and as she says: “By viewing the Egyptian Mystery Tradition as a continuing and expanding faith, with its own temple calendar, established history and ‘futuristic’ thinking, it is possible to see that this very ancient wisdom has a very positive place in the modern world.” See: www.templeofkhem.com for more information. A highly recommended read.
Carys Llewellyn : Freelance writer and book reviewer.
~ Carys Llewellyn, amazon.co.uk
Melusine Draco is the Principal tutor for the Temple of Khem. She brings her extensive knowledge of the ancient Egyptian mystery religion into this book. Her knowledge of this complex period in the Egyptian world, which lasted for thousands of years, comes to the fore. She explains how the stars, sun, and the moon, related to the pantheon of the Egyptian deities and how they affected the loves of the ancient Egyptians. Using many sources including archaeological papyri she reconstructs their world. Included are invocations to various Egyptian Gods and Goddesses as appeared on the actual temple sites or papyrus. There is also a handy Book of Days, the ancient Egyptian calendar which you can adapt to suit yourself. Melusine shows how the world of the Egyptians can work in the modern world. This is essential for those of the Egyptian revival movement, or anyone who wants to bring this civilisation into their life. Highly recommended ~ Mariona Pearce, Pentacle 2014 Solstice
I found this book easy to read and the language easy to follow despite it not following the usual trend of popular Egyptomania. For anyone interested in following the beliefs and magical practices of ancient Egypt, it makes more sense than other books Ive read. It enables the ‘lay person’ to understand the religion and the differences between the many dynasties and deities. Much better than anything else Ive read.
~ Martha Gray, Administrator: Temple of Khem